"After Laura and Mary had washed and wiped the dishes, swept the floor, made their bed, and dusted, they settled down with their books. But the house was so cozy and pretty that Laura kept looking up at it."
- Laura Ingalls Wilder
Human Frailty of the Godly Soul
"The life of Luther might suffice to give a thousand instances, and he was by no means of the weaker sort. His great spirit was often in the seventh heaven of exultation, and as frequently on the borders of despair. His very deathbed was not free from tempests, and he sobbed himself into his last sleep like a greatly wearied child."
"As for her, like most women, she had but one ambition. To be a good wife and a good mother, and to be beloved by her husband and children, was all she asked. [She was] a busy, affectionate, cheerful little housewife, whose voice would never be heard in the streets, but whose memory would always live in a few faithful hearts."
I was having such a lovely day today. I got up at 4 a.m. and did a little housekeeping. Then I went back to bed. I was up again at 7:00 to start my day. I did an early morning errand and then we started an extra special day of school, with two of the children.
I stacked up all our 1800's textbooks - McGuffey Readers, Harvey's Grammar, Ray's Arithmetic, Spencer's Penmanship, and McGuffey Spellers. I went through each of these books with the children.
I had them do spell-offs by having one child at each of our chalkboards. Then we did math-offs (smiles) which were brisk verbal math drills. The children had to write down their answers on a piece of paper and quickly show me. We did our Grammar lesson, penmanship and then I had Amy (15) begin reading to us. It was a long reading. She paused and asked, "How long shall I read?" I started to lay my head on the table and said, smiling, "until we fall asleep."
Then I had to run out the door for another errand. . . Home again and time for lunch. I put some laundry in the wash and then had to rush out for another unexpected errand. After I got home, I felt very sleepy. I laid down for "just a few minutes," and was soon asleep.
A few hours later, I was awake and horrified! I had fallen asleep on the job! (smiles) I really had to hustle. Supper needed to be made. A child needed to be picked up from a class. But it seemed to be okay. That is, until I realized the laundry had been neglected. I had to dry a pair of jeans for my husband!! He had something important to do and I only had 40 minutes to get them dry.
If only I had stayed awake instead of napped! (smiles). At least all is well now. I managed to get the rest of my work finished. Now I am sitting in a comfortable chair, wearing a cozy, warm house-robe. I am content and settled and refreshed.
I will drink some hot chocolate and I will read for a bit. Then I will go to bed early!!
I am the mother of five home-schooled children, ages 15 and up, and a Grandmother of 2. I have been married for almost a quarter of a century.
I am a writer, reviewer, who loves fashion, sewing,
reading, fitness and cleaning.
We live in an 1800's house in rural Vermont.